Ever since the Federal government of Nigeria made the decision to honour the late Chief MKO Abiola with the award of Grand Commander of the Federal Republic (GCFR) – 20 years after his death, some Nigerians are now beginning to recall the unfortunate events that followed after the June 12 election was annulled by Ibrahim Babangida in 1993 which led to nationwide chaos.
The president also declared June 12, the day on which the election held in 1993, as the new Democracy Day.
Pictured is one of the victims of the chaos caused by the annulment, Okanlawon, one of the unsung heroes of June 12.
He was reportedly injured along with others when the Chief of Army Staff, Sani Abacha rolled out tanks and mowed down protesters who agitated against the annulment.
According to journalist Richard Akinnola, Okanlawon who is now maimed – is fortunate to be alive as he survived the chaos which saw hundreds of victims killed.
Despite several treatments and surgical operations, he is still limping. He was referred to India for further treatment and surgery but no financial help came and is reported to still suffer till date.
Okanlawon, one of the unsung heroes of June 12. About 150 people were killed in Lagos when Abacha, as Chief of Army Staff, rolled out tanks and mowed down protesters. Okanlawon was fortunate. He didn’t die but he is maimed.
Despite several treatments and surgical operations, he is still limping. He was referred to India for further treatment and surgery but no financial help came. He is still suffering till date. These are the real heroes of June 12.